If you’re building a dance or fitness studio, moving the mirrors into the room can be your most dreaded task. They’re heavy, they’re dangerous to move around, and they’re hard to mount onto the wall. But what are your options? You’re not going to have a studio without the mirrors, right? Nobody’s going to be spending a monthly membership fee to go learn the moves without even being able to check and see if they’re getting the movements down just right. You need mirrors if your studio is going to be taken seriously, but the process of picking them out and putting them in can be difficult, confusing, and expensive.

This is where glassless mirrors can help.

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What Are Glassless Mirrors?

Glassless mirrors use a flexible metalized polyester film . This is the same type of film you’ll find on the Hubble Space Telescope. The mirror is a flat piece of film mounted on a rigid foam core and featuring an aluminum frame to keep it sturdy. The end result is surprisingly lightweight. Where a wall-length mirror will take a whole team to safely lift and carry, a wall-length glassless mirror is light enough to be carried by a team of two or moved around by a single person on a portable mount.

Where a glass mirror is liable to shatter, which can lead to serious injury and leave tiny shards of glass in your dance floor for weeks, a glassless mirror is completely shatterproof. If you really try, you can break it, but you can’t shatter it. It won’t explode into a thousand tiny pieces if someone bumps into it a little too hard.

A glassless mirror is just as effective as a standard mirror, if not more so. Even when you take the shatterproof-ness and the lightweight out of the equation, many users actually prefer glassless on appearances alone, as you won’t get the phantom image that you get with a conventional glass mirror. This is because a glassless mirror is a flat surface, rather than a reflective film covered with a sheet of glass. Conventional mirrors always have that little double-image halo around the performer, where a glassless mirror is more like looking at a high-definition photograph. In dance glassless mirrors can be especially useful because you need absolute precision in your performance, and a glassless mirror will let you know if a single hair is out of place.

The portability of a glassless mirror is another big draw. You can mount your glassless mirror on the wall, the same as any other mirror, but by mounting it on a rolling frame, you can move it around the studio to wherever it needs to be. This can be helpful if you are renting your space and not allowed to make permanent changes, or if you already have wall-mounted mirrors but need to get a look at your moves from other angles.

What Are Glassless Mirrors For?

Although glassless mirrors are often referred to as “dance mirrors,” the truth is that you can use them in any setting where a wall-sized mirror might be of use. This means that you can use them in your fitness studio as gym mirrors, in a karate school, any theater of performing arts, anywhere you work out, and anywhere you go to practice, even your home studio. It’s a mirror-like any other mirror. If you need a wall-length reflective surface, glassless mirrors will do the trick.

Mirrors are among the most critical dance studio supplies. Without mirrors, do you really have a dance studio? Or a dojo, or a gym, or any other sort of training center? It’s all about improving your form, and you can’t improve your form if you can’t see your form in the first place. A glassless mirror simply allows you to get the same results without the heavy-duty installation, without the dangers of shattered glass, and without the ghostly double-image of conventional mirrors.

Some people simply like the traditional appearance of glass mirrors, and there’s no arguing with personal preference, but for the lightweight, the flexibility, the portability and the safety of glassless, many users will never go back to conventional mirrors.